There are several reasons why you should know which fruits a Shih Tzu puppy or dog can eat. Fruits play an important role in a canine's diet as many are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. They are a low calorie food, which makes them a great addition to meals in order to replace higher calorie ingredients. Many also contain healthy levels of fiber. In addition, if a Shih Tzu is a picky eater, a sprinkle of certain fruits may be just the thing to prompt the pup or older dog to eat his meal.
Unlike glucose (found in candies and other high sugar processed foods) fruit contains fructose which does not affect insulin levels (is not linked to canine diabetes) and has not been shown to be a factor in weight gain.
With this said, it is very important to know which fruits are most beneficial and which should not be given to a Shih Tzu.
Since commercial treats can be filled with artificial coloring, preservatives and other nasty chemical ingredients, you may find that giving your Shih Tzu wholesome, fresh food including fruit is a great way to keep your puppy or dog eating healthy; these foods can even extend a dog's life span.